William and Mary LLM

William and Mary Law School LLM Program

The College of William and Mary LLM Program was created in 1989 and is designed to give foreign lawyers an overview of the U.S. legal system. To receive the degree, students must complete 24 credit hours with a minimum 2.0 average. The program must be completed over one academic year full-time. Of the total 24 credit hours required, 15 of these must be taken from law school curriculum and a maximum of 9 can be taken from courses in other departments and schools with director approval. Legal writing and research projects can also be undertaken with faculty supervision, and may count for 3 to 6 credits. LLM students take courses from general law school offerings with JD students. Courses are offered in a wide range of practice areas, including international law, environmental and natural resource law, business law, commercial law, constitutional law, criminal law, employment and labor law, family and personal wealth law, health care law, intellectual property law, judicial clerkship preparation, litigation, perspective courses, and tax law.

Prior to the start of the LLM program, enrolled students can participate in the College of William and Mary Law School’s Legal Advantage Program, which is especially appropriate for students from countries ruled by a civil law system in contrast to the common law system of the U.S. The Program consists of two courses: the English for International Students Program, which advances students’ written and oral English language skills and Introduction to the Study of American Law, which familiarizes students with U.S. law. Keep in mind that the Legal Advantage Program costs an additional $3,000 in tuition and fees, graduate student housing costs $24 per day (though this is quite a good deal considering the facilities are air-conditioned and have cooking appliances), and mandatory health insurance must be purchased for $114. In order to participate, students must apply for the program.

William and Mary Law School LLM Admissions

Applications for August enrollment in the LLM program must be submitted by the application deadline of February 1. Admissions requirements dictate that all applicants to the LLM program must either have completed a level of legal education sufficient to have achieved an LLB degree or to take the bar exam in their home country, or be a qualified practitioner of law in their home country. The application submission period opens on September 1 of the prior year, and decisions are sent by March 15. To apply, one must submit all of the following materials:

  • Application submitted online through LSAC
  • $50 application fee
  • Letters of recommendation (2)
  • Official transcripts and academic records
  • TOEFL score report (minimum accepted scores are 100 Internet-based, 250 computer-based, or 600 paper-based)

William and Mary Law School LLM Tuition

Check the College Law School’s website regularly for updated William and Mary LLM tuition.

William and Mary Law School LLM Scholarships

The College of William and Mary LLM program considers all students for scholarships on the basis of merit. For more information on additional sources of aid, please visit our LLM Scholarships page.

William and Mary Law School LLM Employment

William & Mary Law School Career Services offers students individual career testing and advising, mock interviews, an online resource library, seminars and workshops, alumni mentors, job search help, and significant assistance in finding public service fellowship programs and loan repayment assistance for students entering public service careers.

William and Mary Law School LLM Contact

International Programs Office
William and Mary Law School
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, Virginia 23187-8795
Phone: (757) 221-3787
Fax: (757) 221-3261
Email William and Mary Law School LLM Program: llmadm@wm.edu

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International Programs Office
William and Mary Law School
613 South Henry St.
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185

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